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Next week, The Chapel Chronicles goes back to school with the beginning of Season 5! Chapel and Barnaby will get up to mischief galore in their new treehouse…and a little bit of Shakespeare may be involved.
woo! Season five! I feel like a horrible person right now, because I'm writing this comment when I'm supposed to be watching a history video. I'm home schooled, BTW. but, I love Chapel enough to get detention, er, grounded?
whippedcream 9/5/13
OOH, another homeschooler! Of all the things you could be doing instead of homework, however, I feel like reading Chapel isn't that bad. Hopefully you didn't get grounded though!
 Emma  9/13/13
Horrors of the Nurses bathroom lol....!
Miss L.S.P 9/4/13
Yep! Who knows what the book's about...
 Emma  9/13/13
Simple the employee toilets at Cracker Barrel lol
Dem 10/15/14
Can't wait for then next comic . . .
Claws 彡 9/4/13
I'm glad you're excited - I am too!
 Emma  9/13/13
Math, diseases, and.... hedgehog psychology????
Missy 9/1/13
Rupert is very interested in the psychoanalysis of his own species.
 Emma  9/13/13
I love the titles of Barnaby's textbooks. Fantastic. Very much looking forward to the next season. Good luck and have fun.
Max_Writer 9/1/13
Thank you! I wanted to include some humor in the textbook titles.
 Emma  9/13/13
Erg, school this semester... =\
This time around it is taxing, unexpectedly so. I am minoring in business (to future proof myself; if I need to return to school, I can get an MBA in a short time), but I am taking only one class that really catches my interests.
Last semester, upon finishing trigonometry, I said to myself "I'm finally done with math! No more math! (Except for social statistic, which I must take in order to graduate.)
I forgot that Chemistry is basically math, with experiments done in the lab (which is separate).
The business courses, ugh. They are good for my future, but so dry and uninteresting to me, and they feel unexpectedly high in labor output for intro classed. =\
This is the first time I am doing what many an other foolish student will do; put off homework to the last minute! It's bad because I just can't muster the enthusiasm to just do my assignments and get them out of the way, so I wait until the last minute. Bad Miles! And four more of these type course to do before I graduate!
I suspect Chapel may be having a better year than I this time around.
Miles 8/31/13
(Warning, book ahead; your comment to Emma caught my interest)

When I walk into a store, something that I do is look to see what they're doing right, and what they're doing wrong. Is grass overgrown, so that the place looks like it's about to be abandoned? I recently had lunch at a place like this with a co-worker, and the thought going through my head was "do they treat their food the same way?". I used to go to the same place some years ago regularly for lunch with a co-worker, and one day they charged us double the usual amount. Why? Because it was Valentines day, and they had a Valentines day "special". As far as we could tell, the only difference was the price. We paid... but we didn't go back there for many months.

I tend to avoid places where the food is cooked differently each time (either they don't have a recipe, or cooks don't follow it),  where people aren't friendly, where they seem to have a revolving door for employees, not enough employees, or where the employees clearly have no idea what they're talking about, or worse, BS about it. Employees are the face of the business. I used to go to the convenience store near my house to buy my fix. Every single new employee would try to charge tax, and I would have to explain there's no tax on milk in this state. I gave up and started going to another place when the newbie said "it's not really milk, it chocolate-flavored drink"; even though it clearly said "milk" on the carton -- either they weren't training employees well, or they were trying to pad profits by collecting tax and not paying it to state.

One of my pet peeves is counting change. If you want to see it done right, watch a bank teller. When the teller gives you your money, you KNOW it's the right amount. Most store clerks nowadays just plop a wad of money and coins into your hand, and you either trust it's the right amount or you feel rude standing there counting it.

Two of my co-workers get mad when they see customers or other employees apparently attempting to defraud the government, or other employees charging customers too much or too little (or not at all); they will get on it and stay on it until the problem is fixed, and we work together to decide if there's either a reasonable way to discourage it from happening again or to discover such issues more easily.

One of the best things a business can do is make it fast and easy for customers to comment on the service -- and resolve any complaints. You don't just want to hear about the bad, you want to hear about the good also. When you hand every customer a comment card, you can improve so that you get to 95% or better satisfaction rate, even if you're having to give someone bad news.

If you're having trouble with business, perhaps you need a business evangelist to show you all the possibilities, so you can look for a niche which might interest you.
KilleenWizard 8/31/13
(quick update: My father is stablized, with some signs of improving. he'll still remain in the ICU for some time yet)

I can understand your thoughts Killeen. As a self employed co-owner operator of my company. working with the public is important. thankfully i don't have to deal with just about everyone who contacts us, due to the nature of my work. we can be very picky about who we do business with.

I did not have someone show me the way. I opened my eyes, looked around, thought about what i needed to do, kicked my fear to the curb, and just jumped on the oppounity. I learned all that i could about what i do, talk to others who do what kind of work i do, and learned that I am not above any job i do and accept that i can't always win.

many of you posters in here are really young and have not entered the work force yet. i will not make this truth easy to take. the economy is in a full scale depression. getting ANY job is hard and my not pay as much as you hope. going to collage will more than likely leave you with a degree that won't help you much and school dept that is crushing and might be too much to pay back.

you will have to think out of the box and sideways to get anywhere in the future. most people may not even need to go to collage. look towards apprenitships. prepare to do hard sweaty work (or work that involves NOT sitting down much).

also be prepared to live in places you didn't aim to be in. such as moving out of state or even back into your parent's home till you can get back on your feet.

learn disapline, don't party all the time, don't smoke, don't drink adult drinks much, DO NOT DO ANY DRUGS THAT WILL GET YOU BUSTED! that includes weed!

do this, you'll be ahead of the game.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 8/31/13
Good to hear about your father. I thought about replying to you earlier, but it seems trite to do so when others have already done it better.

I have an associate degree, but the majority of what I do now is administrative stuff I learned the hard way, and doesn't really have much to do with my degree.

If you want to be successful, try to do the best you can, even if you don't care for the job much. Don't let your attitude get in the way. If you can't find a job, volunteer for something -- you could even volunteer at a place where you'd like to work. Telling a prospective employer that you're not working doesn't sound impressive.
KilleenWizard 9/1/13
BTW, I saw an article a few days ago which advises that parents or college loan not pay for all of college; to ensure that college students work about 10 hours a week.
KilleenWizard 9/1/13
See, I've already been a Retail Manager, worked at Fidelity National Title Company as a World Savings Liaison, run my father's office when he was a painting contractor, worked at a convenience store, done a ton of stuff. Maybe it's because I've experienced so much in so many different fields that it feels just... ugh to me. I've lived this stuff.
As far as a comment card goes, most people crumple it. It's rare for a positive result to come through (not impossible, though). Negative feedback, on the other hand, is often shouted out loud and clear and overwhelming.
Anyway, right now I am not seeking employment. I am, however, working as an Undergrad Teaching Assistant, and will probably keep doing that every semester despite it not helping (as far as required credits, anyway, as far as teaching experience, and possibly getting a job at the university after I get my Master's, that it may) any more.
I am fully a grown up, a mature student, and I have worked a greater variety of jobs than most people twice my age (mainly because if they are twice my age, they did the one job their whole life thing, probably).
Taxil, I am glad your father is improving. A quick question, if you don't mind; I get the impression that you may not be living in the United States. Would that be a correct guess?
Anyway, this section is for people who love to read. =D
Not for the faint of heart!
Miles 9/1/13
Miles, ny comment wasn't aimed specifically at you.

As for comment cards, I have a link for comments as the very first line in my work email signature. If someone thanks me for something, I tell them to tell my boss by submitting a comment, and they usually do. Different industries might need different ways to get good feedback. A restaurant, for example, might offer a coupon in exchange for a comment. The office across the hall from me apparently gets roughly a 5% feedback rate, about 98% of which are positive; some from people raving at how great the service is compared to similar offices elsewhere.
KilleenWizard 9/1/13
(Looks over)
A lot of writing there....
Miss L.S.P 9/1/13
 Emma  9/14/13
That would be incorrect. I Live in Roanoke, VA. although the "United States" isn't the same as it was when i was raised up in.

On another hand, living in the Appalachian Mountains can easily be considered as living in a whole diffrent country onto it's self.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 9/1/13
Not only do I agree with you, I would strongly urge those who can, go to a good technical school; toilets will always get jammed up, plumbers will always be needed. So will morticians. If you have a family member or friend who can get you into a union, go for it. And start saving money from the very beginning; time passes more quickly than you'd ever expect.

And yes, I mean that the girls should be looking at technical schools, too!
IvyKllr 9/16/13
So Barnaby is either interested in medicine, terribly pessimistic, or secretly evil.
oddment 8/31/13
Well, he interns at the hospital after all (or doctors office...)
Miss L.S.P 8/31/13
Strictly speaking, that could also be the consequence of any of these possibilities...
oddment 8/31/13
 Emma  9/14/13
Good memory, Miss LSP!
 Emma  9/14/13
He interns at the hospital, so, he's premed!
 Emma  9/14/13
Hmm, obscure deaths.... ;P
Miss L.S.P 8/30/13
and nice calendar, too!!!
Miss L.S.P 8/31/13
Yes, it's like a Chapel tracking calendar!!
 Emma  9/14/13
Barnaby...what are you reading...
 Emma  9/14/13
I have some sobering news to report. My farther is back in the hospital in the ICU. He is suffering from a failed kidney and body wide infection. He's now stableized, but in VERY bad shape. we have the best that can be had to take care of him, but it's going to be a hard time for him to recover.

I find Barnaby reading up on infections to be a bit of an irony.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 8/30/13
My best wishes for your father and hope for a good recovery.
Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Something similar happened to my mom but with a negative result.
My sympathies, and I feel for you. Best of luck, and a miraculously speedy recovery.
Miles 8/31/13
Aw, Taxil, I'm sorry to hear that! I hope his recovery goes smoothly and quickly.
 Emma  9/14/13
I love the Chapel chronicles! I also can not wait for season 5!!!! 😄😃😀😊
Artemis1010 8/30/13
Thank you SO much! I'm excited too!
 Emma  9/14/13
I love the Chapel chronicles!😄
Artemis1010 8/30/13
Thank you :)
 Emma  9/14/13
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